Barzani: Ter­ror­ists Are En­e­mies of the World

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Kur­dis­tan Re­gion Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani met with United States Deputy Sec­re­tary of State An­thony Blinken to dis­cuss the on­go­ing ef­forts to de­feat ISIS, along with se­cu­rity and po­lit­i­cal devel­op­ments in Iraq and in Syria.

Mr. Blinken praised the mil­i­tary suc­cesses of the Pesh­merga forces against ISIS ter­ror­ists in re­cent months, es­pe­cially the re­cap­ture of the town of Sin­jar last week. He stated that the United States gov­ern­ment would con­tinue to sup­port the Pesh­merga forces.

Pres­i­dent Barzani said that with­out air sup­port from the U.S. and other coali­tion part­ners, the lib­er­a­tion of Sin­jar would not have been pos­si­ble. He re­it­er­ated his thanks to the U.S. and other coali­tion coun­tries. The Pres­i­dent added that the lib­er­a­tion of Sin­jar demon­strated that with close co­op­er­a­tion and co­or­di­na­tion, ISIS can be de­feated.

The Pres­i­dent and the U.S. Deputy Sec­re­tary of State also un­der­lined the ur­gent need to help re­build Sin­jar fol­low­ing its lib­er­a­tion.

French For­eign Min­is­ter Thanks Barzani

In re­sponse to a tele­gram of con­do­lence Pres­i­dent Barzani sent to the peo­ple of France re­gard­ing the ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris re­cently, French For­eign Min­is­ter Lau­rent Fabius thanked Barzani.

"On be­half of the French peo­ple and on my own be­half, I thank you for the good feel­ings and con­do­lences. France is liv­ing to­day in the case of melan­choly, but France re­mains stead­fast and will con­tinue stand­ing against ter­ror­ism on its soil and in ev­ery cor­ner of the globe," said Fabius.

"We need a lot of joint ac­tion and co­or­di­na­tion to stand against this prob­lem and the scourge of ter­ror­ism that threat­ens us all. We are sure that we will be able to rely on you and your par­tic­i­pa­tion in achiev­ing this no­ble ob­jec­tive," he said.

Pres­i­dent Barzani Meets Iraq's De­fense Min­is­ter

Pres­i­dent Ma­soud Barzani re­ceived an Iraqi min­istry of De­fense del­e­ga­tion headed by Mr. Khaled al-Obaidi, the Min­is­ter of De­fense. The meet­ing was ini­ti­ated by the Min­is­ter offering his con­grat­u­la­tions on the Pesh­merga forces' vic­tory in the Sin­jar op­er­a­tion last week, which re­sulted in the lib­er­a­tion of the town of Sin­jar. The min­is­ter stated that the Sin­jar op­er­a­tion was in­deed a cru­cial turn­ing point in the col­lec­tive war against the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State.

Pres­i­dent Barzani and Min­is­ter al-Obaidi spoke of the cur­rent state of the on­go­ing and up­com­ing oper­a­tions against the ter­ror­ists of the Is­lamic State. They stressed on the im­por­tance of so­lid­i­fy­ing the co­or­di­na­tion be­tween the Pesh­merga forces and other parts of the Iraqi mil­i­tary sys­tem in or­der to fur­ther ex­pe­dite the lib­er­a­tion of other Iraqi lo­cales which are still in the hands of the ter­ror­ists.

Barzani Says Pesh­merga Could Be Part of Raqqa Lib­er­a­tion

Pres­i­dent Barzani said the Pesh­merga could be part of a coali­tion to lib­er­ate Raqqa, the city in Syria that the Is­lamic State group (ISIS) con­sid­ers its cap­i­tal.

"As part of a pow­er­ful in­ter­na­tional coali­tion, it is also pos­si­ble that the Pesh­merga are part of the forces to lib­er­ate the city of Raqqa," Barzani told French weekly Jour­nal du Di­manche.

In a tele­vised in­ter­view, Le Drian de­clined to say when jets on board the car­rier were go­ing to strike ISIS-held ter­ri­tory. He em­pha­sized that coali­tion forces should aim to re­take Raqqa.

Barzani Re­it­er­ates His Sup­port for Syr­ian Kurds

On Wed­nes­day, Barzani re­ceived a del­e­ga­tion from the For­eign Re­la­tions Com­mit­tee of the Kur­dish Na­tional Coun­cil in Syria.

At the be­gin­ning of the meet­ing, the del­e­ga­tion con­grat­u­lated Pres­i­dent Barzani on the oc­ca­sion of the vic­to­ries achieved by the Pesh­merga forces in the lib­er­a­tion of Sin­jar process. They also ex­pressed their ap­pre­ci­a­tion for the sac­ri­fices made by the Pesh­merga forces in th­ese bat­tles against the ter­ror­ists, and of­fered their thanks to Pres­i­dent Barzani for his role in sup­port­ing the Kur­dish is­sue in western Kur­dis­tan.

Pres­i­dent Barzani re­it­er­ated his sup­port for the peo­ple of West Kur­dis­tan. The two sides also talked about the po­lit­i­cal sit­u­a­tion in the re­gion and the fu­ture of Syria and the ways to re­solve the Syr­ian cri­sis.

Barzani Com­mem­o­rates Danielle Mit­ter­rand

Pres­i­dent Barzani led trib­utes to Danielle Mit­ter­rand at a cer­e­mony held in Er­bil, say­ing Kurds owe grat­i­tude to the wife of the for­mer late French pres­i­dent, Fran­cois Mit­ter­rand.

The Kur­dis­tan pres­i­dent noted that re­la­tions be­tween Kur­dis­tan and France are “his­tor­i­cal” and Kurds look to the French as “friends and supporters” while re­new­ing his con­do­lences for the vic­tims’ fam­i­lies for the re­cent ter­ror­ist at­tacks in Paris.

He added, “Ter­ror­ists are the en­e­mies of the world and they will be de­feated while we united against them.”

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